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You can indeed install Gnome very easily. Just run Synaptic and hit reload to make sure it is aware of all the available packages. For some reason, the first time you run it, it only shows the installed packages. Then search for gnome-desktop-environment. It will require 222 dependencies on a fresh install and will require >660 MB.
This will give you a "stock" version of Gnome 2.22. You can of course later customize GDM (it will use the nice OLD, customizable version), and the wallpaper etc. You will probably want to get another icon theme though. But beware that when possible it will use some of the KDE icons.
N.B.: You will be prompted during install whether you want to use KDM or GDM as the default login prompt.
aptitude, now preferred by Debian over apt-get, can also be used.
# aptitude show gnome
Unable to find an archive "8.0" for the package "gnome"
State: not installed
Maintainer: Debian GNOME Maintainers <email@example.com>
Uncompressed Size: 20.5k
Depends: gnome-desktop-environment (= 1:2.22.2~5), gdm-themes,
gnome-themes-extras, gnome-games (>= 1:2.22.2), libpam-gnome-keyring
(>= 2.22.2), gstreamer0.10-plugins-ugly (>= 0.10.8),
gstreamer0.10-ffmpeg (>= 0.10.4), rhythmbox (>= 0.11.5), synaptic (>=
0.62), system-config-printer (>= 1.0.0), totem-mozilla, swfdec-mozilla,
epiphany-extensions, evolution-plugins (>= 2.22.2), evolution-exchange
(>= 2.22.2), evolution-webcal (>= 2.21.92), gnome-spell (>= 1.0.4),
serpentine, gnome-app-install, transmission-gtk, bluez-gnome,
gnome-vfs-obexftp, arj, p7zip, avahi-daemon
Recommends: gnome-games-extra-data (>= 2.22.0), gnome-office (= 1:2.22.2~5),
tomboy (>= 0.10.2), update-notifier, empathy | pidgin, gparted,
tsclient, network-manager-gnome, hal-cups-utils, gthumb, liferea |
blam, menu-xdg, gdebi, hardinfo
Suggests: gnome-dbg, openoffice.org-gnome, openoffice.org-evolution
Description: The GNOME Desktop Environment, with extra components
This is the GNOME Desktop environment, an intuitive and attractive desktop,
with extra components.
This package depends on the standard distribution of the GNOME desktop
environment, plus a complete range of plugins and other applications
integrating with GNOME and Debian, providing the best possible environment to
Until KPackage & Synaptic are re-written to use aptitude as their back ends, I prefer to use aptitude directly.